Do you want to install Pop OS on your PC? Here are 3 ways for you. This post from MiniTool offers you a step-by-step Pop OS install guide. You can select one accordingly. It also tells you how to get the Pop OS download.

How to Download Pop!_OS

Pop!_OS is a free and open-source Linux distribution, based upon Ubuntu, and featuring a customized GNOME desktop environment known as COSMIC. It is developed and maintained by System76, an American Linux computer manufacturer.

This distro is designed for fast navigation, easy workspace organization, and fluid and convenient workflow. It is also suitable for STEM and creative professionals who use their computers as a tool to discover and create.

Pop!_OS is primarily bundled with the System76 laptops, but it can also be downloaded and installed on most computers for free. How to get the Pop OS download? This is very simple. Go to the Pop OS by System76 website. Click the Download button. Then, you can 3 versions: the pure version, the Nvidia version, and the Ras Pi 4 version.

If your PC has Nvidia graphics installed, download the Nvidia version. This version has been optimized for the Nvidia GPU. If you want to install Pop OS onto Raspberry Pi 4, download the Ras Pi 4 version. Note that Pop!_Pi for Raspberry Pi 4 is a Tech Preview. If you are not in the above cases, just download the pure version.

Then, verify your download using the checksum to ensure that you've received the full, complete download and that it is not corrupted. Open the Command Prompt and run the following command: CertUtil -hashfile folder-path\pop-os_22.04_amd64_intel_22.iso SHA256 .

You need to replace the folder-path accordingly. In addition, the .iso filenames will change over time, so please make sure you are using the correct .iso filename.

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If the checksum does not match the one on the download page, you may need to re-download your copy of Pop!_OS.

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Pop OS System Requirements

To install Pop OS on a PC, the PC needs to meet the following requirements.

  • CPU: 64-bit x86
  • RAM: 4GB (8GB for the recommendation)
  • Storage: 20GB

To check your PC whether meets the above requirements, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Press the Windows key + R keys to open the Run dialogue.
  2. In the text bar, type “ msinfo32 ” and press Enter .
  3. In the System Information window, scroll down to find the Installed Physical Memory (RAM) item and check if it is 4GB or more.

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If the memory of the PC is less than 4GB, you may need to replace the old RAM or add a second RAM. You can refer to this post: How to Get More RAM on Laptop—Free up RAM or Upgrade RAM .

As for the storage requirement, any PC hard drive can meet it. Of course, you can also upgrade the hard drive to a larger or faster one .

How to Install Pop OS on a PC

If your PC can run Pop OS, you can then get the Pop OS download and install it. In general, you can use the following 3 ways to install Pop OS on a PC:

  • Create a Pop OS VM. This option will help you learn Pop OS operation without any risk.
  • Dual boot Pop OS and Windows.
  • Replace Windows with Pop OS thoroughly.

In this part, I will show you the 3 Pop OS installation ways.

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How to Create a Pop OS VM

To manage the VM better, I recommend you create a separate VM partition. You can use MiniTool Partition Wizard, which is a professional disk and partition management tool. Here is the guide:

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Step 1: Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard. Right-click a partition and choose Move/Resize .

move or resize

Step 2: Drag the arrow icon to decide how much space you want to shrink. Click the partition block and drag it to decide the location of the partition. Then, click the OK button.

  1. In general, the VM file will increase as your VM usage frequency increases. Therefore, I recommend you create a partition of more than 40GB. Of course, you can decide according to your condition.
  2. You can check the unallocated space before and after to know how much space you have shrunk. You need to make sure the unallocated space is enough. If not, you need to move/resize multiple partitions.